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Attention Deficit

EMAILPRINTby Wale

Wale reviews
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9.4 User Score:

Generally favorable reviews

Based on 10 critic reviews
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Album Info

Label: Interscope/Allido

Release Date: 10 November 2009

Discs: 1 disc

Genre(s): Rap

Summary

The debut album for the Washington, D.C. rapper features Lady Gaga, Pharrell, Bun B., Chrisette Michele, K'naan, Marsha Ambrosius, J.Cole, Melanie Fiona, Gucci Mane, Jazmine Sullivan, and Weensey as guest artists.

What The Critics Said

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80

All Music Guide

The biggest complaint has to be that the early single 'Nike Boots' is missing, but otherwise, this unique debut does not disappoint.

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80

Boston Globe

Well, there’s no doubt that he delivers with a rigorous, intelligent set, but let’s not go overboard. Attention Deficit proves there’s still room for growth.

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80

Slant Magazine

In its ambitious attempts to revive conscious rap and push the envelope sonically, Attention Deficit may be one of the best rap releases of the year even while it lacks the focus of a central persona.

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80

Dusted Magazine

The thing holds together remarkably well, thanks to Wale’s upstart charisma and remarkable versatility.

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75

Entertainment Weekly

He often lives up to that promise on his major-label debut, tossing out deep thoughts and show-offy puns over beats that pay homage to the go-go of his native D.C.

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70

The New York Times

The album is confident and catchy, with some telling moments. It’s also a measure of how limited Wale and his label think their hip-hop mainstream is.

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70

Spin

Straddling the line between street and pop, Attention: Deficit doesn't quite capture the pop zeitgeist. But it sheds light on Wale's evolving personality, and his circuitous story raps reward deep listening.

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70

PopMatters

Ultimately, Attention Deficit stands as a solid introduction, though in venturing to bridge the gap between backpackers and the masses, Wale has clearly lost some of what set him apart in the first place.

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66

Pitchfork

Internal rhyme schemes, halting phrasing, thoughtful self-exploration; this is Wale at his best. Not as a preening star filling in the gaps for a king-making debut. A regular person, with doubts and sadness, joy and confidence. There's just not enough of it on Attention Deficit.

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60

Rolling Stone

The darker moments like 'Contemplate,' where he explores insecurity against an elegiac Rihanna sample, prove he's best as a doubter, not a hater.

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What Our Users Said

The average user rating for this album is 9.4 (out of 10) based on 5 User Votes

Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

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